During the 2017 Confederations Cup, both goalkeepers were on the field during the duel between La Roja and Germany in the group stage. In the tunnel, towards the locker room, the U goalkeeper did not hesitate to approach the Barcelona player.
The 2017 Confederations Cup left unforgettable moments for the Red . The goal with which Alexis Sánchez consolidated himself as the historic scorer of the national team, the unforgettable penalty shootout against Portugal in which Claudio Bravo saved all the rival shots and, in something that many still remembered in Chile, the error of Marcelo Díaz with the one in which Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team fell in the final. But, in addition to what happened on the field, the national participation on Russian lands also left tasty anecdotes off the field.
One of the most memorable videos and which still remains one of the favorite videos of Chilean fans today was the exchange of jerseys between Johnny Herrera and Marc-André Ter Stegen.
On June 22, 2017, Chile and Germany faced each other at the Kazan Arena, in the second duel of the group stage of a competition in which Chile participated for the first time, thanks to its title in Copa América in 2015. They drew 1-1. on the field, but off the field, a funny situation occurred.
Once the draw was complete, the German goalkeeper and Claudio Bravo, who did not play this match as a precaution because he was not in perfect physical shape, spoke through the tunnel towards the locker room. They were joined by Herrera, who wanted the player’s jersey. culé . He phrased his request in a very particular way: “I have a German friend who lives in Santiago,” he said, to which Ter Stegen replied: “A German friend? Nobody has a German friend. After an exchange of comments, the three guards could not hold back their laughter.
After the gesture, Bravo sweetly said goodbye to his former Barcelona teammate: “It’s good to see you, my darlings. Take good care of yourself, we’ll talk about it later, she told him, hugging him. It is worth noting that the two goalkeepers fought a memorable struggle for ownership of the team. Blaugrana with Luis Enrique as coach.
“I don’t know where that shirt is.”
Years later, the former University of Chile goalkeeper remembered this anecdote with Ter Stegen. The Angolan was surprised by the German’s fitness and admitted that he didn’t know where that jersey was: “The three of us were talking with Claudio and Ter Stegen, I hurried a little, we said it was a good match. He had just arrived in Barcelona and did not speak Spanish. I remembered a very German friend and I said to him let’s change… I took off my shirt, and I thought I was very armed, with butt, abs. And he took off his shirt and he was very cold. “I don’t know where that shirt is.” said Blizsport.
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